Our Elephants


“Wonderful educational experience, thank you so much was heart-warming to see the elephants happy and not in chains or with sad eyes”

Frank Mutze - Germany


All the elephants living at the Phuket Nature Reserve – Elephant Habitat have been rescued from the Thailand tourist industry where they were frequently neglected and forced to work long, hard hours providing elephant riding tours, performing circus tricks, working in the logging industry or street begging.

We are very privileged and humbled to be able to bring these elephants to the Phuket Nature Reserve – Elephant Habitat and provide a safe and caring living environment for them to live a new life.

Thank you for your kind support.


Phuket Nature Reserve Eco Elephant Sanctuary


Gender: Female

Age: 23

Origin: Chumphon Province

Personality: Friendly, peaceful, loving and calm


Samran, which means “happy, joyful, fun” in Thai, is a beautiful 23-year-old female elephant originally from the Chumpon Province in Thailand.

When Samran was a young baby she had an unfortunate accident and fell down a hill in the Chumpon Mountains. A local villager found her and called the local ‘Samran Temple’ to help rescue and take care of her as the Abbot there had a lot of experience about elephants and came from Surin Province which is famous in Thailand for Mahout and elephant training.

Samran is named after the temple that rescued and took care of her.

When Samran was 7 years old, the Abbot and Samran moved to another temple in the Surin Province. The Abbot gave Samran to his son, Khun Dan, the Mahout looking after Samran now.

When Samran was 14 years old, Khun Dan bought her to Phuket to work in elephant riding camps for approximately 9 years.

We rescued her in mid-December 2019 from her last riding park where she was posing for wedding photos and providing elephant riding trips for up to 12hrs per day.

Khun Dan, Samran’s Mahout was very responsive to learning new elephant welfare methods and actively wanted to give Samran a better life which is wonderful.

Samran is absolutely gorgeous, gentle, has a wonderful nature and one of the favourites at the Phuket Nature Reserve – Elephant Habitat.

We are so proud to have her at the Phuket Nature Reserve – Elephant Habitat and be able to give her a better life which she absolutely loves!



Age: 20

Origin: Surin Province

Personality: Gentle, playful and friendly

Wandee is a gentle yet playful 20-year-old female elephant from the Surin Province in Thailand.

She has had a tough life working hard since a young age, predominately providing elephant riding tours, with her former owner moving her to more than a dozen riding parks over the last decade.

We found Wandee at a riding park in Patong, Phuket in November 2019 and with her beautiful personality yet sad eyes decided to act and rescue her.

Wandee came to live at the Phuket Nature Reserve – Elephant Habitat in December 2019 and has adapted superbly to her new surroundings, enjoying the lush environment and the freedom to roam.

Wandee has started to form a good friendship with Samran often walking, eating and playing together which is a delight to see.

It’s an absolute joy to have Wandee with us!


Elephant Facts

Average Weight For Male

Plant matter eaten each day

Water drunk each day

Average life span

Largest Ever Elephant

The largest elephant on record was an adult male African elephant. He weighed about 24,000 lbs / 11,000 kg and was 13ft / 4m tall at the shoulder. Elephants are the largest land-living mammals in the world!

Baby Elephants

A baby elephant weighs about 200-250 lbs. (91-113 kilograms). At birth, a calf’s trunk has little muscle tone and no coordination. It takes several months for a calf to gain full control of its trunk. Baby elephants suckle through their mouth.


An elephant’s skin is an inch thick in some areas but very thin behind their ears, under their legs (armpits), and around their eyes and rectum. Their skin is prone to irritation from insect bites. Asian elephants have more hair on their body than African elephants.


Elephant’s feet are covered in soft padding that helps uphold their weight, prevent them from slipping, and dull any sound. Therefore, elephants can walk almost silently.


An elephant’s trunk is actually a long nose with many functions. It’s used for smelling, breathing, trumpeting, drinking, and grabbing things—especially a potential meal. Elephants are fond of water and enjoy showering by sucking water into their trunks and spraying it over their bodies


Asian elephant’s ears are much smaller than African elephant’s ears. Elephants have large, thin ears. Their ears are made up of a complex network of blood vessels, which help with regulating an elephant’s temperature. Blood is circulated through their ears to cool them down in hot climates. African elephants often use their ears to communicate visually. Flapping their ears can signify either aggression or joy.

Phuket Nature Elephant Reserve


100/12 Moo 7, Srisoonthorn Road,
Thalang, Phuket 83110

English +66 95-675-3718

Thai +66 98-012-3239